Contributing to nearly 40 percent of the global workforce, agriculture is the largest employer in the world. But while 67 percent of the workforce in developing countries work in agriculture, only five percent of the workforce in developed countries follows suit. This may correlate to the superheroes, firefighters, doctors, and police officers taking the place of agriculture jobs on the career wish list for many of our world’s youth.
With the population projected to surpass 9 billion in just 35 years, we need more people involved in the agricultural industry than ever before. And while farming is a predominant and crucial job in the field, it’s not the only one. In fact, vast educational opportunities are available across the food and agriculture industry spectrum. Take these, for example:
Food Scientist: Imagination and science go hand-in-hand for food scientists, who are tasked with developing and improving products often by experimenting with raw ingredients and processing techniques.
Agricultural Communicator: When journalism and a passion for agriculture and natural resources combine, a career in agricultural communications is born. Often, agricultural communicators cultivate niche careers in digital media, print, public relations, and branding.
Accountant: Like any business, all agriculture-related companies are in need of accountants, book keepers, and clerks.
Educator: Agricultural instructors and advisers are needed to lead today’s youth in their quest to enter the workforce. From getting involved with organizations like National FFA and 4-H, to teaching students about modern farming practices and livestock management, these individuals are in a position to make a direct impact on the future of agriculture.
Veterinarian: Feeding the growing population will not be possible without passionate and dedicated veterinarians to care the health and well-being of livestock and the connection to human and environmental health.
While farming and production agriculture are at the heart of providing enough food for the growing population, there are many other career paths that play a crucial role. The agriculture industry and the 1 billion workers that it employs are crucial to feeding our 9 billion neighbors of 2050.